Medal - Coronation of King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra Commemorative, Specimen, Mayor of Melbourne, Australia, 1902 Reg. No: NU 20249
- The coronation of Edward VII in 1902 prompted major celebrations in Australia. It was an opportunity for the new nation to reaffirm its pride at being a key member of the British Empire. Over 40 different medals were produced around Australia. This medal was issued by the Melbourne City Council and names Samuel Gillott as Mayor. Gillott was a lawyer and politician who had recently enjoyed hosting the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to Melbourne. With the advent of Federation, Melbourne was in the spotlight in 1901. Gillott entertained his royal guests lavishly, and in return was given the title 'lord mayor' and a knighthood.
Proof-like specimen strike, not holed.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||39 mm (Height), 27 mm (Width)|
|Weight:||8.63 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||architecture, celebrations, king edward vii coronation 1902, royal coronations, town halls|
|Themes this item is part of:||George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH Edward VII (1841-1910), HM Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Samuel Gillott, Mayor, City of Melbourne, Victoria (1838-1913), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales|
|Tertiary Classification:||royal coronations|
|Series:||Australian Commemorative Medals|
|Obverse Description:||At centre, within line circle conjoined busts of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra; around, 'EDWARD VII AND ALEXANDRA'; below, 'CROWNED 26 JUNE / 1902'.
Struck on a shield shaped flan with a crown and loop at the top.
|Reverse Description:||At centre, view of Melbourne Town Hall, above, 'PRESENTED BY / SIR SAMUEL GILLOTT', below, - 1902 - / MAYOR OF MELBOURNE'.|
|Mint:||Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1902|
|Commissioned By:||Sir Samuel Gillott - Melbourne City Council, 1902|
|Person Depicted:||King Edward VII|
|Person Depicted:||HM Queen Alexandra|
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